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Iowa: Constitutional Amendment Suffers Setback

Monday, January 14, 2019

Iowa: Constitutional Amendment Suffers Setback

Due to an oversight by the office of the Secretary of State, our efforts to amend Iowa’s Constitution with a Right to Keep and Bear Arms Constitutional Amendment must start over.  The failure by the Secretary of State’s office to publish notification of the proposed amendment in the months leading up to the November 2018 election resulted in the amendment not being properly certified.  The amendment will now have to be passed by the consecutive 2019-2020 and the 2021-2022 General Assemblies in order to appear on the 2022 ballot.

Currently, Iowa is one of six states that does not have a right to keep and bear arms amendment in its Constitution.  Despite this setback, your NRA will ensure that a Right to Keep and Bear Arms Constitutional Amendment is a priority in the 2019 legislative session.  Please click the “Take Action” button below to contact your lawmakers and remind them that it remains a priority.

“Due to a bureaucratic oversight, my office failed to publish the required notifications in Iowa newspapers of two continuing resolutions passed by the Iowa Legislature last year, HJR 2009 and SJR 2006. I accept full responsibility for this oversight and offer my sincerest apology to the legislators and supporters who worked so hard on these bills. There is no excuse and I am instituting a system that will ensure an error like this never happens again. I am a supporter of both measures and deeply regret this oversight. I am truly sorry.”

- Paul Pate, Iowa Secretary of State

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.